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The Spiderwick Chronicles

When the Grace family is bequeathed the estate of their Great-Uncle Spiderwick, they inherit a lot more than just a ramshackle house in the country. Amongst the bric-a-brac young Jared (Freddie Highmore) finds a sealed book that reveals a world of mysterious, magical creatures --not all of whom are friendly. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 13 Feb 2008
Video Release: 23 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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Freddie Highmore also starred in another film about a secret land of little people in the movie Arthur and the Invisibles. Siblings learn to overlook their differences and work together while playing a board game called Zathura, which suddenly flings the family into the far reaches of the universe. Many of the magical creatures depicted in this film (such as boggarts and griffins) can also be found in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Home Video Extra Features

The Spiderwick Chronicles releases to DVD and Blu-ray on June 24, 2008.

The Spiderwick Chronicles spins its web on DVD in full frame or widescreen presentations. Also available on Blu-ray disc, this version of the movie includes additional scenes, trailers, TV spots and featurettes (Spiderwick: It’s All True, It’s a Spiderwick World, Authur Spiderwick’s Field Guide, Meet The Clan, Mailing Spiderwick and A Final Word of Advice). Audio tracks are recorded in 5.1 Dolby Digital True HD (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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